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ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association today will recognize four outstanding mental health programs with Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards at the 2015 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference. The top award winners are the Missouri Community Mental Health Center Health Home Program and the Sexual Behaviours Clinic in Ottawa, Canada.

The awards recognize innovative programs offering services to people with mental illnesses or disabilities that...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 6, 2015


Collaborative network will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices

Arlington, Va., – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. APA will receive up to $2.9 million over four years to train a network of practicing psychiatrists throughout the United States in the clinical and leadership skills needed to support primary care practices that are implementing integrated behavioral health programs.

“Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 29, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., regarding bipartisan comprehensive mental health reform legislation introduced today by U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-La.).

The nation’s mental health system needs reform and investment, and we applaud Senators Murphy and Cassidy for this comprehensive reform initiative,” Levin said. “We will work with legislators on both sides of the aisle to accomplish mental health reform.”

Levin pointed out that the APA is pleased to see many of the important provisions in the bill previously introduced in the House by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the Helping...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 15, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — A cost analysis of states’ decisions to opt out of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act shows these states will receive less revenue and have a reduced capacity to serve people with mental illness. If all 50 states expanded Medicaid by 2020, an additional 70,500 behavioral health services would be provided that year. The study is published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

The study focused on community health centers, a key source of medical and behavioral health services in underserved communities because they serve all patients regardless of the ability to pay. Health centers are not required to provide behavioral health services, making these services vulnerable to cuts if there is not enough...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 15, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the following statement from APA President Renée Binder, M.D., in response to today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in N.Y. State Psychiatric Ass’n v. UnitedHealth Grp. The New York State Psychiatric Association (NYSPA) is the APA’s chapter in the Empire State.

Today’s decision gives professional organizations, such as APA and NYSPA, the right, on behalf of its members and their patients, to sue for mental health parity violations, which is important because patients are often unable to speak out for themselves. This ruling gives us hope that the Mental Health Parity Act of 2008 will now be enforced."

The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 15, 2015

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